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'Prisoner’ is reimagined in 3-part miniseries

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Posted: Sunday, November 15, 2009 1:12 pm | Updated: 1:03 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Oh, so that’s what it was all about. Many were caught off-guard when “The Prisoner” aired in 1967. It was nonlinear television full of symbols and deeper meanings — sort of like “Lost” for the hippie era. “The Prisoner” was a statement about the Cold War and international instability.

Now, a reimagining of “The Prisoner” offers a fresh take and an accessible telling of personal freedom vs. the greater good.

The three-night, six-hour miniseries (airing 9 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday on AMC) stars Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellen.

Caviezel plays dislodged New Yorker Michael, who wakes up in a desert and comes upon a nice-enough-looking “Village” — and it’s not the one in New York City. Once there, he finds out he’s no longer Michael. He’ll be called, simply, Six.

McKellen is the leader who goes by the name of Two. He’s a weasel, a guy who is perfectly in command and shows no cracks in his facade. But he clearly has more going on.

Six is determined to get home — even if it means playing a very deadly game of dodge ball.

Other highlights for the week of Nov. 15-21 ( listings subject to change):


“Tough Love” (10 p.m., VH1). Professional matchmakers follow eight women who are attempting to find Mr. Right.

“Search for the Amazon Headshrinkers” (9 p.m., National Geographic Channel). Is head-shrinking for real or what? This report will look at stories that say Amazon-based Indians used the practice.


“Gossip Girl” (8 p.m., CW). Blair asks Lady GaGa to get her disco stick over to a private party.

“Chef Academy” (midnight, Bravo). Nine chefs in training try to tough out learning the ropes at a new academy.


“Being Neil Armstrong” (6 p.m., BBC America). Former moon walker Neil Armstrong opens up about his life over the past 40 years.


“Terror In Mumbai” (6 p.m., HBO). How did 10 men quietly get into Mumbai and unleash an attack that left 170 dead over the course of three days last year?


“Stud Finder” (9 p.m., DIY). The cable channel’s search for a new home-improvement host is revealed in this special.


“Mr. St. Nick” (8 p.m., Hallmark Channel). Santa’s successor (Kelsey Grammer) doesn’t want to give up his Florida lifestyle.

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